The Seahawks have concluded today’s practice at the VMAC in Renton, and are headed to the airport and then on to Atlanta.
“We had a great week,” coach Pete Carroll said. “As you can imagine, the guys are really pumped up about it, feeling good and excited to get the preparation under way. They started beautifully Wednesday. Thursday was great. Today they were totally in it, like everybody should be. We’ve done what we’ve needed to do, and it feels good. The guys feel great about it.”
Carroll said running back Marshawn Lynch has a sprained foot, but is fully expected to play. Asked what it might take for Lynch not to, Carroll said: “Miss the flight? He’s fine, he’ll be all right.”
“We’re going to give him a really good chance to play,” Carroll said. “He’s probable, or something.”
Receiver Sidney Rice (knee) also is listed as probable. Others on the injury list: CB Byron Maxwell doubtful (hamstring); safety Jeron Johnson questionable (hamstring).
“Jeron got to work today,” Carroll said. “We put him down as limited, but he worked through practice and he looked fine. Byron is still a little bit hampered.”
Carroll also said Bruce Irvin is handling his new starting defensive end role comfortably, and that recently signed DE Patrick Chukwurah will be active Sunday.
“Pat did fine,” Carroll said. “He’s in a backup role for us, but he showed enough where he’s going to be dressed for the game, and we’ll see how he does.”
Carroll also sounded pleased with the work of newly signed kicker Ryan Longwell.